I’ve been using the WP-DBManager plugin for over a year now, and it has reliably sent a copy of my database to me each morning at 8am – straight to my inbox. When you look after a million WordPress sites (I think I look after about 15-20 at the moment) this plugin is a surefire lifesaver. Don’t forget you still need to backup you files on your server, and don’t forget to backup your uploads folder… some people always forget this one!
Anyway – a worthwhile install, and certainly adds to a bit of piece of mind in the fast moving world of WordPress!
If like me you have some sites that have a million links to sites, people, places and products you need to me able to manage them well. I stumbled across a redirection plugin for WordPress that seems to do the job pretty well. I’ve used this plugin for the last year or so on a couple of sites and has been super helpful. IMO the best use is for links that might change over time, you can update the target URL whenever you like and it won’t change your hard coded links in your website. So it means you can easily target broken links in the future, and you only have to change it in one place rather than hundreds. you just add a variable after go/yourquicklink and it’ll send it on from there. Very clever. Can also be used to tidy up affiliate links heading out your site, a much neater and better looking link, without any of the problems that are usually associated.
On new WordPress installs, I’ve used the plugin ‘Top Level Categories’ more than a few times, and can certainly recommend it. Just be aware when fiddling with your categories that sometimes it creates weird structures if you set up the individual categories first – the last time I used it I installed the plugin first, then assigned each post a new category. This seemed to solve the problem. I would suggest using the /%category%/%postname%/ permalink structure, and twinned with an SEO plugin controller you’ll have pretty good control over your URL and site structure… best to get it as soon as possible before you make too many pages!
Top Level Categories
Removes the prefix from the URL for a category. For instance, if your old category link was /category/catname it will now be /catname